Floods force CF Industries to halt production at Canadian plant

24 June 2013 11:17  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Fertilizer giant CF Industries Holdings Inc on Sunday announced it had commenced an "orderly shutdown" of its Medicine Hat nitrogen complex in Canada due to the threat from floods that have devastated parts of Alberta.

The Illinois-headquartered company said in a short statement that the shutdown of the country's largest nitrogen complex began on Friday in advance of flooding along the South Saskatchewan River.

CF Industries has a 66% share in Canadian Fertilizers Limited, which owns the Medicine Hat complex. The facility produces up to 1.5 million tonnes of ammonia and urea per year, which is shipped by rail and truck to markets in western Canada and northern tier US Corn Belt states.

The company said in a statement, "The site on which the complex itself is located is approximately 200 feet above the normal river level. However, the pump house containing equipment used to draw river water for plant operations is near the river bank and within the area impacted by high water levels. Regional officials have reported that the river is expected to crest sometime Monday."

"In anticipation of flooding in the Medicine Hat area, we brought the plant down safely and have taken measures to protect the equipment in the pump house," commented Tony Will, CF Industries senior vice president of manufacturing and distribution. "We are in contact with our customers and will let them know when we expect to resume production and deliveries from this facility."

By: Richard Ewing
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